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Reel Asian International Film Festival Rings In 19 Years With A Fantastic Roster Of Films

Showbiz Oct 27, 2015


The Reel Asian International Film Festival celebrates the cinematic worlds of the Far East and South Asian worlds with a jam-packed roster of films.

 
The 19th Annual Reel Asian International Film Festival, presented by National Bank, rolls out their coveted red carpet on November 5th through the 15th in Toronto, Canada. With an eclectic mix of cinematic offerings from the Far East to South Asia including Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.
 
With such an interesting mix of storytellers it's no doubt that this 10-day film festival has grown into one of the most diverse ones slated in the global festival circuit.
 
With a schedule brimming with feature length and short film presentations all taking place at various screening venues across Toronto and beyond, the Reel Asian International Film Festival promises to satisfy even your quirkiest cinematic cravings.

 

Photo Credit: Reel Asian International Film Festival 


Here’s glimpse at what’s in store. For the full schedule visit www.reelasian.com.
 
Toronto Opening Night Gala Presentation:
Driving With Selvi
Thursday November 5, 7:30 PM at the Isabel Bader Theatre
Director: Elisa Paloschi | Canada 2015 | 74:00 | Kannada with English subtitles | Rated PG | Ontario Premiere
An inspiring documentary that spans over a decade, the film follows Selvi, who ran away from an abusive child bride marriage and changed her life to become South India’s first female taxi driver.

Driving With Selvi
Photo Credit: Reel Asian International Film Festival 

 
Feature Presentation:
Miss India America
Friday November 6, 7:00 PM at AGO Jackman Hall
Director: Ravi Kapoor | USA 2015 | 98:00 | English | Rated PG | International Premiere
Ambitious valedictorian Lily has it all: the perfect GPA, the ideal boyfriend, and a well-thought-out life plan. But this plan is suddenly ruined when her high school boyfriend runs off with the reigning Miss India Golden State. Determined not to lose, Lily joins the Miss India beauty pageant where, in order to crush the competition, talents must be learnt, dresses must be stolen, and lies must be told.
 

 Miss India America
Photo Credit: Reel Asian International Film Festival


Feature Presentation:
Kirumi
Saturday November 7, 6:30 PM at AGO Jackman Hall
Director: Anucharan Murugaiyan (in attendance) | India 2015 | 97:00 | Tamil with English subtitles | Rated 14A | International Premiere
Egotistical and unemployed, Kathir has no problem gambling away his family’s hard-earned money. Capitalizing on his knowledge of Chennai’s underground and his desire to rat on those who have embarrassed him, he finds his calling as a secret police informant. Success is swift as he becomes a favourite amongst officers, but his arrogance soon compromises his hidden identity as Kathir learns there are consequences for tattling on the city’s most ruthless gangsters.

Kirumi
Photo Credit: Reel Asian International Film Festival 


Short Presentation:
Dandekar Makes a Sandwich
Director: Leena Pendharkar | USA 2015 | 10:00 | English | Rated G | International Premiere
With too much time on his hands, Dandekar heads off to the grocery store to gather only the best ingredients to make his perfect sandwich, much to the chagrin of the shop owners who have to wait on him.
 
In association with Charles Street Video, the festival’s “So You Think You Can Pitch” competition returns for its 9th year, where screenwriting hopefuls will be grouped up in teams to pitch a six-minute story idea for a $35,000 valued prize pack.
 
The 19th Annual Reel Asian International Film Festival runs from November 5th through November 15th in Toronto and the surrounding GTA areas. For the full schedule and ticket info please visit: www.reelasian.com.

Main Image Photo Credit: Film still of Miss India America by Reel Asian International Film Festival 
 

Hina P. Ansari

Hina P. Ansari

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Hina P. Ansari is a graduate from The University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). Since then she has carved a successful career in Canada's national fashion-publishing world as the Entertainment/Photo Editor at FLARE Magazine, Canada's national fashion magazine. She was the first South Asian in...

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